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Cory Alexander

Dr. Cory Alexander is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Florida, Assistant Director of the Gainesville Master Chorale, and Director of Music at First Congregational UCC in Ocala.  At UF Dr. Alexander directs the Men's Glee Club and Women’s Chorale, teaches choral and vocal courses, and teaches in the UF Quest and UF Honors Programs. He currently holds a leadership position in the Florida ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) as Repertoire and Resources Chair for College and University Choirs. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with vocal performance cognate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Paul Basler

Paul Basler is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he has been on the faculty since 1993. Prior to his appointment at UF, he served as the Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, taught at Western Carolina University and was the North Carolina Visiting Artist in Residence at Caldwell Community College. Basler received his B.M. degree from Florida State University, M.M., M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Stony Brook University and has garnered teaching awards from the University of Florida, Western Carolina University, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and the Kenyan Office of the President’s Permanent Music Commission. 

Raymond Chobaz

Raymond Chobaz, Professor of Music and Conductor Laureate of the Gainesville Symphony Orchestrahas been music director and conductor of the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra since 1982 and the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra from its inception in 1983 to 2001. He studied at the Basel Conservatory and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree summa cum laude in music theory. As an International Rotary Scholar at the University of Utah he received both a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting under Joseph Rosenstock and a Ph.D. in music composition and electronic music under Vladimir Ussachevsky. Further studies allowed him to work with Herbert Blomstedt in San Francisco, Kyrill Kondrashin in Amsterdam, Raphael Kubelik in Lucerne, Erich Leinsdorf in New York City, Witold Rowicki in Vienna, and Georg Tintner in Prague. Additional training in contemporary music interpretation he acquired from Pierre Boulez in Paris and Arthur Weisberg in New York City.

Laura Ellis

Dr. Ellis has been on the faculty in the School of Music since 2003. She teaches undergraduate and graduate organ, harpsichord, and carillon. In addition to applied lessons, Ellis teaches courses in the Sacred Music area. Ellis is a graduate of Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and holds a Master of Music degree in church music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas. Her major organ teachers have been James Higdon and William Kuhlman. While in residence at the University of Kansas, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. Prior to her Florida appointment, Ellis served as professor of music at McMurry University and held the position of parish organist at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, TX. Ellis began her teaching career at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.

Shannon Lowe

Dr. Shannon Lowe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Aural Skills at the University of Florida. Before her arrival at UF, she served as Associate Professor of Bassoon in the Department of Music at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with the renowned performer and pedagogue Dr. Frank Morelli. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Performer's Certificate as well as her Master of Music in Bassoon Performance degree from the University of Florida, under Dr. Arnold Irchai and Dr. Kim Woolly.

Leslie Odom

Dr. Leslie Odom is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida.  Her teachers include Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), James Lakin (University of Iowa), Malcolm Smith, (Butler University), and Marion Gibson (Principal Oboe, Louisville Symphony Orchestra).  Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  She also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate during her doctoral work.  Dr. Odom was Principal Oboe on the CBS Masterworks recording (1988) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  She was awarded first runner-up in the Graduate Performance Competition during the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention held at Tucson, Arizona in 1988.  Prior to moving to Gainesville, Dr. Odom performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Quad Cities Symphony (Davenport, Iowa) and as Principal Oboe with the Cedar Rapids, IA, Symphony.  Since moving to Gainesville in 1989, Dr. Odom has performed with the Jacksonville, FL, Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Flagler (Florida) Symphony, and is currently Principal Oboe of the Gainesville Orchestra.  Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada.  She attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff, Canada, Centre for the Arts, and worked as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.  A member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Odom regularly performs at the Society’s Annual Conferences.  Along with performing, Dr. Odom writes reviews of music and compact disks for the Society’s Journal.  She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, currently serving her second term as National President.  

Rich Pellegrin

Rich Pellegrin was appointed to the UF faculty in 2017 and is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. He previously taught music history, theory, jazz, and improvisation at the University of Missouri and at the University of Washington, where he completed his PhD in 2013.

Edward Schaefer

Edward Schaefer served the College of Fine Arts at UF as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services for 10 years and has recently stepped back into a teaching role at UF in the School of Music. Prior to coming to UF, Dr. Schaefer chaired the department of music at Gonzaga University for 12 years, and he directed a choral program at Gonzaga that distinguished itself with invitations to perform at state, regional and national conventions of music educator and choral director associations – two to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Schaefer holds a certificate in advanced leadership studies from Gonzaga University, the DMA in liturgical music from The Catholic University of America, and MM, MSM, and BM degrees from Southern Methodist University. 

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